to achieve your optimal body shape for your wedding day
A few simple changes can make all the difference
to the long-term health of your body.
What you eat and drink gives your body the fuel and energy
to carry out all the physical and mental activities that you
do every day. Some foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables
provide excellent fuel for the body, with lots of beneficial
Other foods provide poor quality fuel. These
include high sugar content foods and ‘junk’ foods.
What percentage of your current diet is giving you energy
efficient, nutrient rich food? Try keeping a diary for a week
then analyse where your major energy and body fuel comes from.
Choose meals and snacks that are kind to your body. These
are natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, salads, grains
and pulses. These are ‘living’ foods. Avoid foods
that are over processed, stored too long, high is sugar or
fats. These are ‘dead’ foods with little to offer
nutritionally. Variety is also vital, helping you obtain the
broad range of nutrients your body requires.
Your body needs between 18-35 gms of fibre a day. Fibre, together
with water, is essential for proper digestion. Fibre provides
the food for ‘friendly bacteria’ in the colon,
which manufactures various essential vitamins. One cup of
the following is equal to 10gms of fibre: - oats, peas, dried
apricots, peanuts, prunes and sunflower seeds. Half a cup
of wheat bran or almonds also equals 10 gm of fibre.
Your body is 70% water and it needs a fresh daily supply to
ensure the body cells are hydrated and energized. Water is
essential for the digestion of food. Keep your body properly
hydrated by drinking 6-8 large glasses of water a day.
Less is more
Eating large meals puts a great strain on the digestive tract.
Choose smaller, more frequent meals. This will keep your fuel
tank topped up through out the day. Remember the more you
eat the more your body has to either burn off, or store as
fat. So eat to live – don’t live to eat! Slow
down eating and enjoy your food. Chewing is essential to assist
the digestive process. Eating food quickly, or while stressed,
disrupts digestion and the absorption of nutrients.
You need enough activity to keep all your moving parts in
good working order. Choose the form or exercise that suits
you best. Remember to incorporate warming up and cooling down
exercises to avoid pulling or straining any muscles.
Find time every day to relax. Take time out once or twice
a day for at least 15 minutes. Sit or lie comfortably, close
your eyes, breathe deeply and slowly. Listen to some relaxation
music. No interruptions just focus your attention on your
health, happiness and abundance of all you need.
Love makes everything workable. For complete harmony of mind,
body and spirit surround yourself with people you love and
who love you. Follow these steps and watch as your body reaches
its optimal potential.
Cheryl Haining is a skin care, body
shape and nutrition coach. She has her own successful business.
Her mission statement is to ensure all members of the bridal
party are at their optimum body shape, size and condition
on the wedding day. Contact Cheryl at www.radiantbride.info